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bio website velostrigiformes.tumblr.com
location Portland, ME
age 28
visits member for 3 years
seen Mar 13 at 4:58

I'm fascinated with bicycles...with how they work, how they're built, how they're used, and what they have to offer. I'm pursuing an MS in Civil Engineering specifically to design and construct cycling infrastructure for transportation planning.

I have worked with several bike-share programs providing free access to bicycles for students, workers, and retirees. In addition, I volunteer as a bicycling safety advocate with local schools.

I appreciate lugged steel, leather saddles, Bridgestones, and pink bar tape.

My next big goal is a cross-country ride from Maine to California.


Oct
13
comment Plastic screw with ripped-off head stuck in the frame
@Vorac meta.bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/832/… discusses exactly this.
Oct
10
comment Plastic screw with ripped-off head stuck in the frame
@Vorac bicycles.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment I wanted to provide information that I didn't think constituted a complete answer (but I guess technically we shouldn't be discussing community behavior/site policies? I don't know.)
Oct
10
comment Plastic screw with ripped-off head stuck in the frame
Pick up a screw extractor kit from a hardware store. They're inexpensive and extremely handy. I'd worry that melting the plastic would cause it to stick to the threads of the braze on.
Oct
10
comment Change the angle of the arc of downtube / stem shifter lever to make it an alternative thumb shifter?
Also, do you already own these shifters, or are you planning on buying them to modify them?
Oct
10
comment Change the angle of the arc of downtube / stem shifter lever to make it an alternative thumb shifter?
So, do you have a cable/housing stop that will work with these?
Oct
9
answered I am having trouble identifying the manufacturer of this bike
Oct
9
comment I am having trouble identifying the manufacturer of this bike
k2bike.com/index.php?page=search
Oct
5
comment Full carbon fiber 29er suspension mountain bike from AliBaba
Doubly true for anything carbon fiber.
Oct
4
comment Treacherous ride - top half of fork points backwards, but the bottom points forward
I wouldn't ride it. Were the fork to fail (which is a very real possibility) you're guaranteed a trip into the pavement. Bring it to a bike shop - it is easier to fix than broken bones.
Oct
4
comment Treacherous ride - top half of fork points backwards, but the bottom points forward
To my eyes that fork looks bent! Better bring it by a bike shop to have them check!
Oct
4
comment Is it cost efficient to Convert a Huffy Mens mountain bike to a road bike like the one I rented at Orange Peel in CO?
Right on...by the time you buy new brakes, seats, tires, drivetrain components, etc... you'd be better off buying something used (or new at a good price.)
Oct
4
comment Treacherous ride - top half of fork points backwards, but the bottom points forward
Could you provide some photos? I'm having a hard time imagining everything.
Oct
2
comment Panniers or rack bags for photography equipment
Maybe not exactly what you're looking for, but with nice photos and instructions: lovelybike.blogspot.com/2013/04/…
Oct
2
comment Very basic mudguard question
@Aaron He's definitely asking about the stays and mounting hardware. The tabs that support the eye bolts are riveted or welded to the fender and aren't generally replaceable. Can you clarify what you mean?
Oct
2
revised Very basic mudguard question
Edited to reflect regional terminology differences.
Oct
2
comment Very basic mudguard question
@jimirings that's a good point. I'll edit to reflect that.
Oct
2
answered Very basic mudguard question
Sep
26
comment Alternative uses for an aluminum MTB frame
FWIW If you have a hammer and a 8 inch piece of pipe you can remove the headset cups no problem.
Sep
25
comment Older Motobecane conversion
What exactly are you converting? What do you mean by 'older'?
Sep
24
comment How long does a shifter, rear mech and front mech last?
There is no good way to answer this. I've seen shifting components fail after half of a season. Others will last two decades. It totally depends on the design, brand, materials, usage, and more on luck.